Hunter Strategy: Ruby Sanctum

Morynne —  July 30, 2010 — 3 Comments

I finally got into a Ruby Sanctum Kill, huzzah!

I’m not going to get into the 3 mini-bosses that you have to kill before you get to Halion, but there are many guides out there on the internet, including Tankspot that will walk you through it.

Now you’ve killed the mini-bosses, and you’re facing big purple meanie himelf.

What’s he do?  Let’s break it down into his 3 phases:

Phase 1: (Physical Realm)

  • Twilight Precision – Increases Halion’s chance to hit by 5% and decreases all players’ chance to dodge by 20%.
  • Flame Breath – Inflicts 26,250 to 33,750 Fire damage to players in front of Halion.
  • Meteor Strike – Inflicts 18,750 to 21,250 Fire damage to enemies within 12 yards of the targeted area. Takes about 5 seconds to land. Shoots X-shaped lines of fire after it hits the ground.
  • Fiery Combustion – Inflicts 4,000 Fire damage every 2 seconds for 30 seconds to a random raider. Every time Fiery Combustion does damage, it applies a stackable Mark of Combustion.
    • Mark of Combustion – Has no immediate effect on the target. When removed (by either magic-remover or curse-remover, or after 30 seconds) it causes a Combustion of size proportional the the number of Marks.
    • Combustion – Inflicts 3,500 to 4,500 Fire damage every second to targets that remain within the explosion area. Combustion has 6 yards radius. Also knocks nearby players back with Fiery Combustion.

Well now what? How do I deal with all that craziness?

Your raid will be all grouped up on Halion’s side — be careful, he’s a dragon.  He breathes fire and has a tail swipe.  Basically stay away from the 2 dangerous sides of the dragon.

During the first phase, random raid members will get the Mark of Combustion as referenced above.  That raid member needs to run to the edge of the fiery ring and get dispelled.  The longer the Mark of Combustion is on the target, the bigger the “void zone” of fire is.  Speed is key here.

Meteor strike isn’t a new mechanic.  Fiery ball drops from the sky and hurts badly.  Since your raid is grouped up on the side of the dragon, it will drop on the raid.  Meteor strike puts its mark on the ground, your whole raid needs to run through Halion (toward the belly or back feet to avoid the dangerous sides of the dragon) and change sides to continue DPSing.  This will continue until 75%.

Phase 2: (Twilight Realm)

  • Twilight Precision – Increases Halion’s chance to hit by 5% and decreases all players’ chance to dodge by 20%.
  • Dark Breath – Inflicts 26,250 to 33,750 Shadow damage to players in front of Halion.
  • Dusk Shroud – Inflicts 4,500 Shadow damage every 2 seconds to everyone in the Shadow Realm.
  • Shadow Pulsars – Summons two Shadow Pulsars at the two ends of one the fighting area’s diameters. The Pulsars slowly circle the area, beaming a Twilight Cutter for 10 seconds, then resting for 20 seconds, then beaming another Cutter.
    • Twilight Cutter – Inflicts 13,875 to 16,125 Shadow damage every second to players touched by the shadow beam.
  • Soul Consumption – Inflicts 4,000 Shadow damage every 2 seconds for 30 seconds to a random raider. Every time Soul Consumption does damage, it applies a stackable Mark of Consumption.
    • Mark of Consumption – Has no immediate effect on the target. When removed (by either magic-remover or curse-remover, or after 30 seconds) it causes a Consumption of size proportional the the number of Marks.
    • Consumption – Inflicts 3,500 to 4,500 Shadow damage every second to targets that remain within the explosion area. Combustion has 6 yards radius. Also pulls nearby players to its center with Soul Consumption.

At 75%, Halion retreats to the twilight realm and is dumb enough to leave a portal so you and your raid can pop through and continue to kill him.  This phase does have a new mechanic — the Twilight Cutters.  Basically there are two shadowy orbs that rotate around  the circle enclosure for this phase, periodically they will join with a beam and will effectively cut you in half.  Stay out of the beam.  You will still have to deal with a debuff that is put out on random raid members, and when they get it they have to run out.  Basically the same debuff strategy as in phase 1.  As a hunter, stay out of the beam and don’t get too close to someone who is getting dispelled with Consumption — and get out if you get it. At 50%, we move to phase 3.

Phase 3: (Split)

  • Twilight Precision – Increases Halion’s chance to hit by 5% and decreases all players’ chance to dodge by 20%.
  • Corporeality – Halion takes and and does more damage in the realm he takes less damage in. At 0% and 100% Corporeality, Halion does and takes 400% extra damage in one of the realms, and no damage in the other.
  • Physical Realm – Halion continues using his abilities from phase 1 when fighting players in the physical realm.
  • Twilight Realm – Halion continues using his abilities from phase 2 when fighting players in the twilight realm.

At 50%, you’ve now forced Halion half in the Twilight realm, half in the Physical realm.  What’s this mean? You have to split your raid in half and balance your DPS to maintain 50% corporeality to keep your tanks from croaking too quickly.  In both realms, your raid will still have to deal with all of the abilities from phases 1 and 2, so make sure you have a dispeller on each side.

Tankspot Video:

Hunter Loot:

Good luck!

Morynne

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Morynne is an avid hunter, and prefers Marksmanship. She has co-hosted the Hunting Party Podcast, and appeared on the Twisted Nether Blogcast. For more information, click here.

3 responses to Hunter Strategy: Ruby Sanctum

  1. Hi Morynne,

    I'm a fan of your website because it looks nice and is well organized. However, i look to leet hunter's like yourself for tips, insight, strategy, etc., related to optimizing my hunter toon. In your Halion "Hunter" strategy guide there is nothing there that i can't get on any other site. I want leet insight from the HUNTER P.O.V.!! If you want this site to stand out from the rest, then "specialize". Specialize in specifically hunter P.O.V., we can get the generic stuff at a thousand other places.

    Thanks for your work!

    P.S. You are my rolemodel :) (until i have a higher gs than you…lol)

    • Frankly there isn't a hunter "trick" to that fight, which is why there isn't anything special in the strategy.

      Don't get cut in half, run out if you get a debuff and DPS the boss.

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